By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator 

A Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s retail outlet in Baton Rouge closed its doors in January after the property was sold to a new owner, according to executive director Michael Acaldo.

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul closed the doors on its Government Street retail store location in Baton Rouge in January. The closure came as a result of the property being sold to a new owner. </span Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator


The store has been a fixture on Government Street since 2003 but St. Vincent de Paul director Michael Acaldo said the store lost its lease when the site was sold to new owners. Preliminary plans call for the site to be transformed into a bar and restaurant along a corridor that is increasingly becoming a popular entertainment district. 

Two other tenants in the shopping center, both professional offices, are also going to be moving, Acaldo said. 

“It was a great location,” he added. “It’s important to realize there’s a lot of changes in the traffic patterns that are going to be going through Government, down to one lane right at major part of Government, right there. So, things are kind of changing and with those changes, I think, it made a lot of the Government property in that area a lot more attractive for things other than retail.”

Acaldo said he will be looking for another location in the same area because of the support people provided to that store since 2003. He said the organization was able to take that support and distribute many items free of charge. 

Although hopeful to get another location as soon as possible, Acaldo said, just like 16 years ago, “we are going to take our time to make sure we find another good location. 

In Baton Rouge, store locations where items can be donated are Plank Road and Staring Lane. There are also stores in Gonzales, New Roads and Hammond.